Three Fulbrights in 2012

Three Fulbrights in 2012

Three Fairfield graduates were named as Fulbright award winners this spring.

Erin Eife ’12 of West Chester, Penn. is a recipient of a Fulbright award to Ireland. A Presidential Scholar and honor student, Eife double majored at Fairfield in politics and sociology, with minors in both Irish studies and peace and justice. Her Fulbright to Ireland will afford a year-long study of the effectiveness of the country’s proactive programs of re-integration of women prisoners into Irish society. Building on her study abroad experience in spring 2011, Eife will return to the National University of Ireland, Galway, to work with Professor Niamh Reilly, co-director of the Global Women’s Studies Program, who will serve as her Fulbright sponsor.

Julianne Whittaker ’12 of Acton, Mass., was an international studies and economics double major, and a recipient of a Fulbright to Jordan. She spent fall 2010 studying at the University of Jordan, where she also interned with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees. When she returned to the United States after study abroad, she continued her engagement with the agency and assisting vulnerable populations in the Middle East through a summer internship with the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, as well as a fall internship with the International Institute of Connecticut. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in Middle East studies or migration and refugee Studies, and then begin her career in foreign service with the U.S. government. Whittaker was also selected for Fairfield University’s William J. Kramer ’60 Humanitarian Award.

Kathryn Bimson ’12 of Montauk, N. Y., is a Presidential Scholar and honor student, and was a biology major and peace and justice studies minor at Fairfield University. While on study abroad during her junior year in Cape Town, South Africa, she was readily accepted into the community of the students she taught in the Langa Township as part of her service-learning commitment. She will bring to her Fulbright award in Thailand experiences instructing marine biology to students from three to 75 years of age — work she has carried out with Cornell University’s Marine Environment Summer Camp. After her Fulbright year, she plans to pursue graduate studies in marine biology.